Analyse the construction of female subjectivity in Caterina Albert’s Solitud

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Being married in a backward community and living in the rural set up in the mountain, made it even tougher for her to advance economically and academically1,. Mila represents women in that community who are treated as subjects to men. This dates back to the history of Europe when women originally used to be taken by force or regularly sold by force by their father. They were not consulted or given the chance to make their own choice with regard to their life partner hence it was solely a decision between the father and the man interested with his daughter. Church was there to set the moral pace by making it a requirement that a formal wedding is conducted to join the two parties involved but nothing to show that the bride’s consent was considered before the ceremony. Thereafter, the man had power over life and death over his wife making her forcefully reliant and dedicated to him. Mila embraces this to as her marriage to Matia, a vow of lifelong obedience to him. Women’s main roles were is to stay at home, do the chores and other duties regarded as feminine. They do not have an opinion of their own. Men however are at liberty to do what they wish as depicted by Matia, the husband to Mila. His gambling receives less judgment from the society even though it poses a threat to his marriage and eventually causes it to crumble Pressure mounts in her matrimonial life from the behavior of her husband and the society instead of offering support, expects her to keep her home together despite the fact it brings to her total misery. Her husband fails to play his role and so it is expected of her to fill in cover up for him. She has to put up with what he does given that no alternatives are mentioned in such a case which would be of help or at least intervene. On her own, she has to struggle to find a solution to a stifling and perverse life. She could not automatically result to change of partners at her will which in this case would have the ideal solution to her problem at. This was so as she lived in a strict and morally upright community that is rural. The expectation the society has of a married woman is to be a submissive and loyal wife to her husband in all circumstances. She had not failed in performing her duties as a wife. Mila’s husband however who is expected to be her partner and also a provider merely was the one adding trouble to their life. He is a gambler and keeps adding debts to the already poor life they are living which Mila has to struggle and pay. But being male he is considered not at fault and that gambling is a man’s thing. Furthermore he treats her as an object rather than a life companion. For a long time she suffers in solitude and misery. She is forced to play subject to her community wishes which cause her to be afraid. Her fear is governed by the way the community would view her if she walked away as well as the consequences that would follow thereafter. She is torn between living up to their expectation and walking away to find her happiness. Eventually Mila reaches a point of realization and comes out boldly with a tough decision. She decides to go against the traditions, stand on her own and eventually walks away from her husband. She makes a decision that does not meet the expectation of the community for her own good and peace no matter the risks or costs involved. This is on the realization that she cannot depend on Matia her husband for neither emotional nor even economic support. She considers herself